Travelling As A Single Woman

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If I had a penny for every time I’ve heard: “What, just on your own?” when I tell people I’m going travelling by myself, I’d have enough money saved away to rent Beyoncé and Blue Ivy (no thanks Jay) to come along with me next time.

There are many things I love about being single (not sharing pizza or having to watch Netflix boxsets you hate, ya get me) but when it comes to going away it can make things a little tricky without having someone automatically on standby to drag to another part of the world. 

Obviously you can go away with friends, but often they have their own couple’s holiday commitments, or no money, or no time off work, or are just far more patient than me and won’t be rushed into booking something as quickly as I want to (#sorry not sorry).

So, not for the first time in the last 12 months, I found myself boarding a plane to the other side of the world (see here and here for some photographs of round one in India) with only a well-stocked bag of Pret sandwiches and all the snacks for company.

And I couldn’t be more happy about it.

When you travel alone, everything you experience feels so much more intense, when you’re worried about something or scared that you’ve made the worst decision in the world (normally happens as the plane is landing in your destination country cuteeee).

But also when you have those pinch-me-can’t-believe-this-is-my-life-how-have-I-got-my-adult-shit-together this much, they’re all for you.

Every time you see something new, or meet a new person, it is all for you, and not for anyone else and you’ve done it all on your own.

For me, it’s not about proving anything to myself, or anyone else, just about not accepting that while I’m single I can’t keep doing everything I want to. Putting your life, plans, or holidays on hold until you have someone to hold your hand.

So here’s to more single holidays. If only my bank account was as eager as I am to get booking another one.

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  • Sinéad Danielle ✿

    Well done for going ahead and doing it, girl! I’ve now done 3 solo trips, all within Europe so nowhere as far flung as India but still experiences that have shaped me nonetheless! I couldn’t agree with you more, there’s something SO empowering about owning those solo travelling experiences – it just isn’t the same when it’s shared.

    Sinéad xo Fabuleuse Du Jour

    • Thanks so much Sinéad! Yes totally agree with you, and so happy I’m not the only one who loves it :) xxx

  • Diana Maria

    It”s so brave of you for travelling on your own, I do the very same thing! It can be tricky, I think you just have to rely on yourself more, plan a bit more ahead and be confident in yourself while exploring. Thank you for this lovely post, have a wonderful weekend xx

    Sending love & light your way,

    My Lovelier Days

    • Thanks so much for reading and commenting Diana, and thank you, I think everyone is more brave than they think they are 😉 xxx

  • I don’t think I have it in me to travel to another country alone, you are AMAZING & SO BRAVE!
    I LOVE IT!
    …goes to check out India posts….

    Rhenicia| Beauty By Rhenicia xx

    • Thanks so much Rhenicia! This is such a nice thing to say :) xxxx

  • Definitely something to be proud of- good for you! What exciting adventures are next in your list?

    She Likes to Shop

    • Aww thank you Laura! That’s very kind.
      I’m thinking Colombia! But open to suggestions, have you been anywhere wonderful that I should check out? XXX

      • Haven’t been anywhere too special (but Las Vegas was fun!) One of my friends just went to Iceland, though, and it looked absolutely amazing!

      • Vegas sounds amazing!! Would you recommend?

      • Yes! It’s worth going to at least once (I’ve been twice so far)- good sightseeing (each casino alone has it’s own style/decor that’s pretty cool plus something special about quite a few of them that’s worth checking out), a variety of shows to see if you want, huge variety of good restaurants, and a good selection of stores for shopping.

      • Ohhhh you’re really selling it to me Laura!! :) XX

  • I’m not single, but I travel on my own (for fun) a lot. There’s definitely something extra rewarding going at it all by yourself! x

    • Yes Amanda! I love this :) cxx

  • You’re so inspirational! I really wish I had your balls, it’s always one of those things where I would love to just do it, but anxiety gets in the way. Hope you have the most amazing solo trip!
    Jen, Velvet Spring. xo

    • Jennifer that is such a kind thing to say – thank you so much :) REALLY.

  • Georgia Owen

    I have dreamed of travelling by myself for such a long time! You’ve made it sound like a dream, hoping my own bank balance will support me in this :’)

    //teandtwosugars.blogspot.com xx

    • Ohhh you really should Georgia – I hope you get the chance to do it :) xxx

  • Girl Power and all!! So brave and fearless!! LOVE this post!!
    a life of a charlotte
    x

    • Aww thanks so much Charlotte :) glad you enjoyed xx

  • I went on a couple of solo trips a few years ago before I met my now wife… and they were awesome experiences to real far flung places (Ghana and Japan respectively) that I’m so pleased now that I had! Solo travel is quite a different thing to normal with someone travel, but something wonderfully self indulgent about it too!

    Holly xx // http://www.mrshollycrocker.com
    https://www.mrshollycrocker.com/blog/2017/6/2/my-style-big-stripes-and-bright-yellow

    • Hey Holly, I’m so glad you got that experience too – it’s great isn’t it :) you’ll have to let me know about Ghana and Japan, i’d love to go to both – which would you recommend first? I know they must be quite hard to compare against each other haha xxx